Waiting time to transplant

Because there is a shortage of donated organs, patients must wait for an organ. Waiting times can differ for each patient.

Average (median) waiting times to transplant - in days

Organ Adults Paediatric
Kidney 1 1156 342
Kidney & Pancreas 2 359 *
Heart 3 293 129**
Lung 3 289 *
Liver 3 147 72
* too few cases to provide
** based on less than 100 cases

1 Based on patient registrations in the UK, 1 Apr 2006 - 31 Mar 2010
2 Based on patient registrations (including pancreas only) in the UK, 1 Apr 2007 - 31 Mar 2011
3 Based on patient elective registrations in the UK, 1 Apr 2008 - 31 Mar 2011

Living donor transplant

Some patients and their families may decide to opt for a living donor transplant.

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Why I want to be a donor...

Registered organ donor - Michael J. McGivern

"I support organ donation because transplants give a seriously ill person a second chance. When we die our earthly bodies are of no further use to us; I feel we all have an obligation to help someone else's life go on."

Michael J. McGivern

Cardiac rehabilitation/support practitioner